When car accidents take place, the cause is not always as obvious as it seems. For example, sometimes it first seems as if a driver is clearly at fault, when a defective vehicle actually led to the accident. In other cases, poor traffic planning and road maintenance play a role in collisions. In truck accidents, the employers of commercial drivers often are responsible for over-scheduling drivers or poorly maintaining fleets.
Early Treatment Including Physical Therapy Reduces Suffering for Patients with Low Back Injuries
By Dr. Justin Deskovich, DPT, MPT, OCS, SCS CSCS, DAC of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Associates Morgantown, West Virginia
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a study which outlines concerns for the safety and health of those employed by oil and gas drilling companies who may be at risk for silicosis. Silicosis is a form of respiratory (lung) disease that results from inhaling silica dust. The microscopic fibers build up in the lung tissue, causing severe inflammation and scarring, thereby reducing the lungs' capacity to take in oxygen. Like similar toxic exposure diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, silicosis often takes many years to develop into fatal respiratory symptoms. Chronic silicosis initially causes no symptoms, but symptoms may surface as long as fifteen to twenty years after silica dust exposure.
Many fields of work are inherently dangerous. Coal mining, construction, farming - these are among jobs that come with safety risks. Employers in these and other industries, however, are required to ensure that the workplace is no more dangerous than necessary. Any preventable safety hazards must be mitigated. When employers or subcontractors neglect such responsibilities, lives are on the line.
Often called "the silent killer," Carbon monoxide is an invisible and odorless gas that is produced when burning any fuel, such as gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, wood, and charcoal. Carbon monoxide exposure causes poisoning and illness by decreasing the amount of oxygen present in a person's body.
When a spark hits natural gas, the effect is instantaneous. The explosion is deafening, and the result to nearby workers is catastrophic. A gas fire can be extremely difficult to put out as gas from the well continues to feed the fire, and in the meantime, any nearby workers are at risk of serious injuries such as hearing loss, broken bones and fractures, lung damage, and first, second, and third degree burns and loss of life.
When your life has been turned upside down by a sudden and serious injury, you naturally have plenty of questions about how the insurance claims process and court system work. In essence, you want to be informed so that you can make wise decisions and be fairly compensated for your injuries. We have answers for you.